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Small Business Committee Introduces Essential Contracting and Entrepreneurial Development Legislation

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Washington, March 29, 2017 | comments

Bipartisan Measures Will Help Small Businesses Thrive

WASHINGTON – Small Business Committee Members introduced bipartisan legislation that will improve opportunities for small businesses to compete for federal contracts and modernize entrepreneurial development programs so they can more effectively serve small businesses.

“Small businesses create the majority of new jobs in our economy,” said House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH). "Whether it is creating new opportunities for small contractors or improving key entrepreneurial development programs like SCORE, Small Business Development Centers and Women's Business Centers, the reforms in these pieces of legislation will give our small businesses confidence and practical tools to succeed. This has been a true team effort from our Members on both sides of the aisle. I appreciate the leadership and hard work of Ranking Member Velázquez and all of the Members involved in bringing this legislation forward.”

“I always say that when it comes to small business policy, there are not Republican or Democratic issues, but American issues,” said Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the Small Business Committee. “The bipartisan legislation we are putting forward today draws from an array of bills previously introduced by Committee Members on both sides of the aisle and will go a long way toward fostering entrepreneurship.  By reforming government contracting rules, we can help unlock the half-trillion dollar federal marketplace for small firms, creating good paying jobs in communities around the nation. Strengthening Entrepreneurial Development programs will help existing businesses grow and aspiring entrepreneurs to launch new ventures. I look forward to working with Chairman Chabot and all the Committee Members to advance these measures.”

H.R. 1773, Clarity for America’s Small Contractors Act of 2017, sponsored by Chairman Steve Chabot Chabot (R-Ohio), co-sponsored by Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez (D-NY)

This bill includes:

  • Title I: H.R. 1597, the Commercial Market Representatives Clarification Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA) and Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)
  • Title II: H.R. 1641, Defining Business Opportunity Specialists, sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), co-sponsored by Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez (D-NY)
  • Title III: H.R. 1693, Improving Reporting on Small Business Goals, sponsored by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), co-sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
  • Title IV: H.R. 1640, Unifying Small Business Terminology Act: sponsored by Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez (D-NY)

H.R. 1774, Developing the Next Generation of Small Businesses Act of 2017, sponsored by  Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), co-sponsored by Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)

This bill includes:

  • Title I: H.R. 1702, Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA), co-sponsored by Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS), and Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA).
  • Title II: H.R. 1680, Women’s Business Centers Improvement Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA), co-sponsored by Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL)
  • Title III: H.R. 1700, SCORE for Small Business Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), co-sponsored by Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) 
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